Dutch Green Beans Recipe

This Dutch green bean recipe is a family-favorite for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. With bacon for some extra flavor and water crestnuts for some added crunch, it's one of our family's favorite side dishes.

My mom made these Dutch green beans every Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I remember.  I never ate it, because I don’t like green beans.  But…then one day I tried it, and it’s very yummy (and actually doesn’t taste much like green beans because of the bacon and spices)! Now, this is one of my go-to recipes for every Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s become my family’s tradition too.

To save time, I’ve made this the day before and then heated it up in a slow cooker for a few hours the day of so it’s one less dish I have to worry about on the day of dinner.  Just be sure to add the bacon for just a few minutes last so it stays crisp.

Dutch Green Beans Recipe
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumpled
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 2 cans cut green beans
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  1. Cook the bacon.
  2. Brown diced onions and water chestnuts in hot bacon fat.
  3. Drain green beans; saving ½ c. liquid.
  4. Mix liquid with the remaining ingredients and add to the onions and water chestnuts in skillet.
  5. Cook, stirring until mixture bubbles.
  6. Add green beans; heat thoroughly.
  7. Serve topped with crumbled bacon.

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